Pairs Beware

The above video was recorded online using Skype software with a group class of 3 children aged 9-10 in Japan.

Online compatible : Yes

Age group : Best played with students aged between 3 and 9

Materials :

  • A deck of playing cards

Preparation time : None

Number of players : Works equally well in groups as in private classes

Objective : To be the player with the least points

Instructions :

To set up, first place your deck in the centre of the table and tell your students that unlike most games with playing cards, in this game collecting pairs is BAD. Then, turn over the first card, or if you are playing online show the first card to the camera.

On each turn, students have a choice to either 'reveal' the next card or 'forfeit' the round. If they decide to 'reveal', then the next card of the deck is shown. If that card matches the rank of a previously revealed card, the round is lost and the student revealing the pair gets points for his or her team equal to the rank of the pair : Therefore a if you find a pair of 3's, you score 3 points. All cards are then returned to the deck and the next round begins by once again turning over the top card of deck.

If the card does not match any of the previously revealed cards, that player has survived the turn without receiving points for his or her team. The card is placed with the other previously 'revealed' cards of this round, and play continues with the next student.

If a student wishes not to risk finding a matching card, then they may instead decide to 'forfeit' on their turn. In this case, they will take the points of the lowest ranked revealed card for their team. This action also ends the round, so once again all cards are returned to the deck and the next round begins by turning over the top card of the deck.

At the end of the game, count up how many points each team has received. The team with the fewest points wins.